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Dave Douglas: Uplift (Greenleaf)

During his appearance at Winter Jazzfest 2017, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings implored the audience that “We need new songs, new hymns, new myths.” Uplift, the latest album from the prolific trumpeter Dave Douglas, is, albeit indirectly, a response to Hutchings’ plea. The record’s 12 tracks ring as treatises in musical form rather than popular songs or … Read More “Dave Douglas: Uplift (Greenleaf)”

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Mary Halvorson: Meltframe

For her first solo guitar album, Mary Halvorson originally intended to bring her distinctive fretwork to bear on standards like Thelonious Monk’s “Reflections” and “Ruby, My Dear.” But somewhere along the way she settled on a more impressive set of interpretations that includes pieces by peers like Chris Lightcap, Tomas Fujiwara and Noël Akchoté in … Read More “Mary Halvorson: Meltframe”

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Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper: Emerge

From the moment Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson played together they felt a musical rapport. The set of improvisation on 2013’s Super 8 bore this out by including music the bassist and guitarist recorded during their initial encounter at Crump’s home studio. With Emerge they take the next logical step. Both brought compositions to the … Read More “Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper: Emerge”

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